The BMW iVision Future Interaction technology is based on the i8 Spyder Concept and will highlight BMW’s focus on bringing complete autonomy to the car as we know it!
BMW, with the new Vision Future Interaction technology helps us understand what the user interface of car interiors of the future might look like. Their focus has been completely oriented towards the satisfaction of the driver, in terms of keeping him/her entertained while the car drives itself.
This concept gives the driver an option to choose from three different driving modes- Pure Drive, Assisted Drive and Auto Drive.
Pure Drive is meant for the person who wants complete control of the car in his hand. Assisted Drive includes providing the driver with some convenience features like Auto Parking, etc. Auto Drive is a complete autonomous mode where the car drives itself and the driver just needs to relax in the driving seat. The Steering wheel moves in a couple of inches too, giving the driver more space and legroom.
Clearly, BMW feels that once the car is completely independent of the driver’s input, better encompassing user interfaces is the way forward. Keeping all of these things in mind, let’s dive into what makes the BMW Vision Future Interaction so exciting!
Now BMWs Vision Future Interaction would sport high-resolution dashboard displays, where content would be dynamic – responding and interacting with the user, based on the current situation. To keep the interaction as intuitive as possible, functions are controlled using touch-sensitive surfaces, gestures and voice. The driver would receive key information on a high-resolution HUD which projects important parameters such as speed, speed limits and field of vision navigation onto the front windscreen. The instrument cluster is a three dimensional display that provides the driver with information regarding vehicles on the road ahead or oncoming vehicles which are out of the driver’s field of vision. This would in principle allow the driver to respond at an early stage to various traffic situations. The car also alerts the driver in advance if he/she would need to take over command of the vehicle in complex traffic situations. BMW claims that the technology on the Vision Future Interaction concept will act predictively, so that the driver has at least five to seven seconds to respond.
The centre console features a gorgeous panorama display and is definitely the most striking feature of the Vision Future Interaction. The screen is almost 40 centimeters wide and is suitable for all kinds of media applications. All the digital displays on the BMW Vision Future Interaction provide content through the Open Mobility Cloud from BMW. The Mobility Cloud also enables the use of a smart phone using a BMW app and also allows connectivity through other digital devices.
Control elements are at a minimum in the Vision Future Interaction, allowing the car to make decisions based on parameters defined by the driver. BMW boffins are also boasting an all new technology called AirTouch, which is essentially gesture control for all communication, information and entertainment functions in the vehicle. The big dashboard display can therefore be used like a touch screen without actually touching it.
A top priority for designers was to integrate the architecture of the large panorama display into the basic concept of the interior design and to accommodate elements in the surface structure which are typical for BMW-i vehicles. The instrument dashboard therefore has a structure which is comprised of overlaid pentagons and hexagons. This design is a hallmark of the BMW i design philosophy.
The BMW iVision Future Interaction is definitely a step in the right direction in terms of autonomy in motor vehicles and User Interaction; and should be an exciting prospect! The i8 Coupe has already started waves of excitement in the alternate fuel based environment. Can the iVision Future Interaction really be the true representation of the future of cars? Let us know in the comments section below!